West Wind/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

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West wind is considered the mildest and most favorable of the wind movements. The heralder of light spring and early summer breezes in Greek mythology is known as Zephyrus. Wind definitely has a part to play in weather changes and I thought some weather superstitions would be appropriate for this post.

The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.” Thin, wispy clouds are good picnic indicators. Remember Mother’s Day is not far off.

Clear moon, Frost soon.” We are not in the clear yet in Central Missouri for a late spring frost. Keep an eye on the weather forecast.

When clouds appear like towers, the earth is refreshed by showers.” A sure sign that April is here are those spring showers.

Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.” Meaning, rain is West of your location.

And for the sake of a “Quilt’s and Quotes” theme, we’ll move on even though we hear many others here in the rural heartland of the country. I welcome you to share yours in the comments.

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Introducing the West Wind quilt block. It was one of the easiest and at this point in the quilt-making, I’m pretty darn thankful for that. I have had to set aside a bit of extra time for hemming prom dresses, creating a custom order from the Etsy shop, and will soon return to finishing a wedding signature quilt. I am a bit panicked but things are going to ok.

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I really like it when the cutting plan in the book gives you pieces for 2 blocks. (Hint, Hint to any future quilt book writers out there.)  Any extras are a good start for other projects.

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Vermont/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

For Letter V, the book I used gave me a couple choices for the quilt block. I chose this one because I liked the pattern best. The way it’s designed, there seem to be V’s all over it kind of like those ‘how many squares can you find’ puzzles.

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I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I’m pretty sure I know very few things about Vermont other than they have gorgeous fall color and that I’d love to visit. It’s on my bucket list.

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My Quote today is for the V in LoVe:

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

Ann Landers

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Union/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

In 2001 Lech Walesa was a keynote speaker at a pre-graduation lecture that my husband was invited to at The University Of Central Missouri (UCM). We both had tickets to attend. Unaware there would be a meet & greet afterwards, we didn’t take a camera. Unfortunately, there weren’t phones with cameras then. It came to my turn in line and I spoke to him through a translator. I said, “My father was a Union man and really admired you.” He answered me in clear English, “Your father was a good man.”  I was so in awe of the moment that all speech left me. The gravity of meeting such a huge icon of history, not to mention a Nobel Peace Prize Winner blew me away . And I got an autograph and went to sit down to eat cake. I can visualize my dad poking my rib asking me what the heck?! But with much more colorful metaphors.

The lead-up to this story goes back to my childhood in the 70’s, the CBS news with Walter Cronkite, my father’s membership in the AFL-CIO (union), and the Polish “Solidarity” movement. We payed very close attention to the news, watching history unfold. Our discussions molded my thinking of the treatment of the common working man/woman. The support from our country’s unions extended to theirs was something he was very proud of. For all the working class, I present this block.

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First I have the pattern layout in the book showing that this is for a single block. Lots of prepping for this one. But pretty easy to complete. I’d make more of these without hesitation. Just not this month 😉

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un·ion
noun
  1. the action or fact of joining or being joined, especially in a political context.
    Quote: “The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures. But it all started in the shipyards.”       Lech Walesa
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Southern Belle/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Davy Crockett has become a favorite in the hearts and minds of two of my daycare brothers. At least the song. You see, their dad has used it as a ‘lullaby’ for them to settle in with at bedtime. And when they come to my home for daycare, they are singing it to the infants whenever they are crying. My family thinks it’s the sweetest thing ever. So I’ve recorded it for your listening pleasure.

The only connection here with “Southern Belle” quilt block is the fact that Davy Crockett was born in Tennessee, a Southern state. So with that connection, we’re going with it.

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And yet another single, 6-inch block for the upcoming quilt top. Sometimes, I have to wonder about the name choices for these blocks and the ‘why’. I have not a clue what was going through their minds to give it this name. But it will be a pretty addition and I will now always think of Benson and Hudson and Davy Crockett when I see this block.

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They have that Southern Charm, believe me!

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Railroad Crossing/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Sedalia, Missouri’s rich railroad background is evident in many business names. There’s the Katy Trail Community Health, Katy Trail Children’s Center, Katy Park Baptist Church, Katy Motors, as well as Kehde’s (say Kay-dees) Restaurant which features a train car dining area. There are more but you get the idea. Recently I found someone on Facebook had shared some old pictures of the M.K.T Shops. Many thanks to them!

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Our family connection to the Shops goes back to my husband’s Grandfather, my Uncle and I’m sure there are many more I’m not aware of. I have a rather large extended family.  I would love to have seen the place in its hayday. Now it’s just a fraction of what it was then. Much of it torn down or abandoned.

The Railroad Crossing block has come in different variations, changing with the times and/or interpretation.

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Mine was from the book, naturally, to keep the size consistent with the previous ones.

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Here’s my finished block.

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I could see a whole quilt with this one turn out beautifully.

Some sage advice in today’s quote: RailroadWillRogers

Photo taken at the 3rd & Engineer crossing in Sedalia, Missouri, April 2017

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Quilt in Light and Dark/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

The light and dark of a quilt are to give contrast. It can give such dramatic appearances.

  • You can use light thread on a dark fabric as well to change the effect. 0fc4bf0e37ae92e1d828b1b085ac7c58
  • The light and dark can also give a 3-D illusion as in the Tumbling Blocks quilts.d4804c2736ebc58bc6f122733f0aed15
  • A wave quilt is another take on dimension.4750e8b991bd3b895363120d4682b066
  • And last but not least are the photo quilts where pieces are combined to reproduce a picture, face, or scenery in a realistic fashion.00a43551dd1f574b067562252646eb90

And this my friends is why quilters, sewists and other fibre-creative persons have a ‘stash’ of supplies. You never know when a certain color will come in handy.

Can I get an Amen?

(thanks to Pinterest for the above examples)

and now for my “Q” quilt block for the Challenge…..

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For one block, this one works up very quickly. It could double as an X quilt block, but the quilt book author didn’t see it that way.

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“Quilt in Light and Dark” is not the fanciest name for a quilt block, but for the sake of this Letter Q, I’m thankful the author had this one single suggestion in her book for Q.

One Quote for the Day:

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Our Village Green/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Being proud of your community is what this quilt block brings to mind for me. I grew up in rural Pettis County, Missouri and the gatherings took place at one of 2 spots. The Manila School or Antioch Baptist Church were those places.

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Manila School now stands abandoned where a bridal shower was held for me 30 years ago this month. Antioch Baptist Church is still alive and well. There, I attended Sunday School and Worship Services.  The grounds of both are lovingly attended to thankfully.

Until this blog post, it never occurred to me to take a photo of these two places from my childhood. I even had to ask my mother if we have any photos of them. Her answer was “probably somewhere”, but I’m not so sure. I think I would have remembered them. I was the camera hound at an early age. I have photo albums of my own and in none of them are these places. I believe I must have been too busy socializing to think ahead 45 years. So I have to appreciate even more the way this challenge has shown me those memories I need to hold dear.

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For the record, I need much more practice at completing one of these blocks. It was not user-friendly and I am not sure I am up to another attempt. What you see is what you get. As long as it holds together, we’re using it.

“Knowledge is power, Community is strength and Positive attitude is everything.”     Lance Armstrong

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New Waterwheel/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Waterwheels are often associated with grist mills and dutch windmills. For me, I think of steamboats on the Missouri River. The Mighty Mo is dotted with buried, sunken steamboats.

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Restored paddle wheel of the Steamboat Arabia

The 1856 Steamboat Arabia was discovered, excavated and is on display at the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, since 1991. It is one of the finest displays ‘in progress’ in the world. It is well worth a few dollars and your time.

There was only a single life lost on the wreck of the Arabia.

MulecollageImage“The owner of the mule was intereviewed shortly after the sinking of the Arabia. He reported that he tried his very best to free his mule, but it was just too stubborn and would not leave the sinking steamer. The mule, however, would tell a different story for the reins were  discovered as they had been for 132 years — firmly tied to the lumber mill jack.” I wonder how many of the people then were as doubtful as I was when I first read this story. Mules happen to be very good swimmers.

So for this Letter N quilt block, chose this block pattern.

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I couldn’t resist giving it a ‘watered down’ appearance. (chuckle)

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This one is slightly larger than 6 inches (6 3/4), but we will make it work with a little fudgin’.

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Missouri Star/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

The Missouri Star block is another Civil War era block. A story of Mattie Lykins Bingham is a popular one associated with Missouri during that time in history. She was a Southern sympathizer married to a Unionist who happened to be a Kansas City banker as well. The story goes that she was suspected of spying for the Confederates and in particular blamed for what led to the Quantrell raid of Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrell and his men claim to have burned the town of Lawrence in an act of retalliation.

Historically the block name was given by the Nancy Cabot column in the 1933 Chicago Tribune.MOStarcollage

This one required a bit of pinning to match up the lines. If you ever attempt sewing/quilting, don’t sew over your pins. (My tip of the day.)

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I present a quote from a Missourian from the opposite side of our state:

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou

I can hear her voice when I read that 🙂

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Kansas Troubles/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Kansas Troubles is another Civil War block chosen for the Letter K in the Challenge. In the history of Missouri and Kansas, there has been much animosity calling us Missourians “Bushwackers” while we in turn call them “Redleggers”. This Civil War era name-calling continues on and spills into the college sports arena between The University of Missouri/MU and the University of Kansas/KU. As our eldest is attending KU, we’ve kind of put all that aside for this momma’s sanity.

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Plus I must give KU its propers as they had a nearly pristine track record in Basketball up until this game, the final one of the season. In truth, I would have liked to see them move to the Final Four.  Just not meant to be.

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This one was for 2 blocks! No Troubles for this block 🙂

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This block can make a big impact with some fancy quilting stitches. Love it!

A quote from Bill Self, KU Basketball coach:  “There’s not many things less important than the score at halftime.” Touche’

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